Brendan T. Beery

Brendan T. Beery


B.A. Bradley University 1995
J.D., summa cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School 1998

Professor Beery joined the Cooley faculty in 2003 after working with the school as an adjunct professor in Research & Writing.

While a student, Beery won several Book Awards, as well as the West Scholastic Award for being ranked first in his class after the first year of law school. He continued his high academic achievement, winning the James Burns Memorial Award for graduating first in his class.

In private practice, Professor Beery handled civil matters involving constitutional issues, property, contracts, medical malpractice, and municipal and public school law. He also handled criminal cases and served as co-counsel for the defendant in a murder case. He also specialized in appellate practice.

Before joining the Cooley faculty full time, Professor Beery was an Associate Attorney with the firm of Thrun, Maatsch & Nordberg, P.C., Attorneys at Law. Before that, he was a partner in the firm of Mahjoory, Mahjoory & Beery P.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Before entering private practice, he served as a Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals, 1998-1999.

Professor Beery has taught Introduction to Law, Research & Writing, Advanced Writing, Constitutional Law I & II, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.


Law Review Articles

Brendan Beery, "When Originalism Attacks: How Justice Scalia’s Resort to Original Expected Application in Crawford v. Washington Came Back to Bite Him in Michigan v. Bryant," 59 Drake L. Rev. 1047 (2011)

Brendan Beery, "My Doctor Made Me Crazy: Can a Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Allege Psychological Damages Without Making Credibility the Issue?" Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (27 T M Cooley L Rev 321 (2010))

Bar Journal Articles

Brendan Beery, It Is What It Is, 83 Mich. B.J. 54 (May 2004).

Brendan Beery, Some Particularly Useless Words, 82 Mich. B.J. 56 (July 2003).

Brendan Beery, Be Careful What You Ask For: Navigating a Remand After You've Won the Appeal, 81 Mich. B.J. 20 (May 2002).

Op Ed Pieces

Brendan Beery, Same-Sex Ruling Political, (Op Ed), Lansing State Journal, May 2007

Brendan Beery, Marriage Not a Federal Issue (Sunday Op Ed), (as co-author), Lansing State Journal, July 2006

Brendan Beery, Peoria Prostitution Postings Could Be Unconstitutional (Sunday Op Ed), Peoria Journal Star, August 2005

Brendan Beery, Constitution Puts Clear Limits on Congress’ Work (Op Ed), Lansing State Journal, April 2005

Brendan Beery, Aristotle Would Cringe at How Foreign Policy is Made (Sunday Op Ed), Peoria Journal Star, August 2004

Brendan Beery, Marriage Fear Lacks Basis in the Law (Sunday Op Ed), Lansing State Journal, June 2004


Brendan Beery, Amicus Curiae Br. of  Mich. Law Professors in Support of Pl.- DeBoer v Snyder, 2:12-cv-10285 (E.D. Mich. 2013).

Brendan Beery, An Equal Protection Primer, Michigan Equality Newsletter, July 2006

Speaking Engagements and Panels

Invited Panelist, "Consequences of the Developing National Surveillance State: Where Were You on April 3? (The Government Says It Knows)," Cooley Constitution Day, Ann Arbor, September 2010

Invited Speaker, Rethinking the USA Patriot Act, Cooley/OU Federalist Society, June 2007

Moderator, Cooley SBA panel on diversity, April 2007

Invited Panelist, March 2007, Amnesty International (Cooley Chapter) Seminar on International Human Rights, March 2007

Invited Panelist, "Immigration, Citizenship and the Constitution," Oakland University Constitution Day Seminar, September 2006

Invited Panelist, Kaplan "Law Insider Seminar" for prospective law students, July 2006

Invited Speaker, "Judicial Activism and Justice Scalia," Cooley ACS Chapter, June 2006

Invited Speaker, "Are Gays the New Jews? Examining Scalia’s dissent in Romer v Evans," Cooley Law School LGBT Legal Issues Seminar, June 2006

Invited Speaker, "Judicial Activism and Justice Scalia," Cooley ACLU, June 2006

Invited Speaker, "Legal Research & Writing for Legal Assistants in Michigan," Halfmoon LLC, July 2002

Invited Speaker, "Legal Developments Relating to Indoor Air Quality," Michigan School Business Officials, Facilities Committee, January 2002

Invited Speaker, "Potential Tort Liability for Internet Service Providers," Michigan Association of School Administrators, December 2001

Keynote Speaker, National Lifers Association Seminar on Brief Writing, Thumb Correctional Facility, Lapeer, Michigan, April 2001


Real-World Experience

Experience: Associate Attorney at Thrun, Maatsch & Nordberg, P.C., Attorneys at Law, Partner at Mahjoory, Mahjoory & Beery P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals (1998-99)

Courses: Introduction to Law, Research & Writing, Advanced Writing, Constitutional Law I & II, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

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